Adding and editing elements.

To build a model, we do three steps:

STEP 1: Do a command to add an element - see Menus and Toolbars
STEP 2: Open the element's dialog-box
STEP 3: Edit the element's Parameters - see How to edit a Parameter in a Dialog-Box

This is STEP 2: How to open an element's dialog-box.

There are many different ways to open an element's dialog-box. It is helpful to know different procedures for different circumstances.

In all cases, we must be able to select the element before we can open its dialog-box. We can select the element in three different places:

Graphic-Area
Assembly-Tree
Selection-Window

How to open a dialog-box to edit an element

There are four main methods.

tog_minusMethod 1: Use the Selection-Window

This procedure is the most reliable.

You can edit or delete an element when it is in the Selection-Window.

Summary:

1.Click the element, to put it in the Selection-Window.
2.Right-click the element in the Selection-Window
3.Click 'Edit element' in the contextual-menu.

How to show an element in the Selection-Window?

To show the element in the Selection-Window, you must 'click the element [to select it] in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree' - see below.

However, ... :

... not all elements show in the Assembly-Tree

There are elements you can click in the graphic-area, and they will show in the Selection-Window.

For example: a 'wire'. Click the wire in the graphic-area to put it in the Selection-Window.

... not all elements show in the graphic-area

You can usually click the parent of these elements, to put the element's child in the Selection-Window.

For example: the Constraint added to a sketch-Element. Click a Line to put the Line and constraints that are applied to the Line in the Selection-Window.


Click element in the Graphic-Area

Click element in the Graphic-Area

1.Put the element in the Selection-Window.

We must click the element, or 'select' the element, to put it in the Selection-Window.

We can click the element in two places:

Click the element in the Graphic-area:

a)Move your mouse over the element so that the element becomes the 'Selection-Colour' - for simplicity, I assume the Selected-Colour is RED
b)Click the element ONE-TIME.

The element shows in the Selection-Window.

Related elements also show in the Selection-Window.

Click element in the Assembly-Tree

Click element in the Assembly-Tree

- OR -

Click the element in the Assembly-Tree.

a)Click the element ONE-TIME

The element shows in the Selection-Window.

Related elements may also show in the Selection-Window.

'Edit-element' in contextual menu after 'right-click of an element in the Selection-Window'

'Edit-element' in contextual menu after 'right-click of an element in the Selection-Window'

When the element is in the Selection-Window:

2.Right-click the element in the Selection-Window

A contextual-menu shows - see image

3.Click 'Edit-element' in the contextual-menu.

The element's dialog-box opens.


See image:

In this case, when you click 'Edit element...', the Spring FB dialog-box opens.

tog_minusMethod 2: Double-Click the element

Double-click does not always work because you can not click the element and not also click a different element.

Summary:

1.Double-click the element in the,
Graphic-Area, or the
Assembly-Tree, or the
Selection-Window.

Double-click to open the element's dialog-box

Double-click to open the element's dialog-box

1.Move your mouse-pointer above the element

The element becomes the 'highlight-colour' - see Edit menu > Application Settings > Graphics tab > Display Colours > Selected Color

It is important that the only one element is the 'highlight colour' Red / Orange is the default colour].

2.Double-click the element in the graphic-area

When there are many elements in the same place, it can be difficult to double-click only the element. you want to edit.

In this case, do one or all, of the following:

Become precise with your mouse-pointer! Edit the Cursor Selection size - See Edit menu > Application Settings > Accessibility tab
Use Selection Filters to make it possible to select only the element type you want to edit.
Use Display Filters to hide other elements.
Double-Click element in Assembly-Tree

Double-Click element in Assembly-Tree

Double-click in the Assembly-Tree

1.Double-click the element in the Assembly-Tree.
Double-Click element in Selection-Window

Double-Click element in Selection-Window

Double-click in the Selection-Window

1.Click the element in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree one time so that it shows in the Selection-Window.

When the element is in Selection-Window,

2.Double-click the element in the Selection-Window.
tog_minusMethod 3: Right-Click the element

Summary:

1.Right-click the element in the Selection-Window, the Assembly-Tree and Graphic-Area
2.Click 'Edit-Element in the contextual-menu.
Click, then Right-Click in Assembly-Tree

Click, then Right-Click in Assembly-Tree

In the Assembly-Tree:

1.Click the element in the Assembly-Tree to give it 'the focus'
2.Right-click the the element with the focus [the element has been clicked one time to give it the 'focus']

The contextual-menu shows. In the contextual-menu:

2.Click 'Edit Element...'

GA-Right-click-Editelement

In the Graphic-Area:

Do NOT click the element before. This will NOT work if the element already has 'the focus'

1.Hover + Right-click an element.
2.Click 'Edit Element' in the contextual-menu.
tog_minusMethod 4: Edit toolbar > Edit Element tool        

Edit element icon

Do:

1.Click the Element in the Selection-Window, Assembly-Tree or Graphic-Area
2.Click Edit toolbar > Edit Element
Click element in Graphic-Area

Click element in Graphic-Area

Click element in Assembly-Tree

Click element in Assembly-Tree

Procedure Details:

In the Graphic-area, Assembly-Tree, or Selection-Window:

1.Click the element in the Selection-Window

or

1.Click the element in the graphic-area

or

1.Click the element in the Assembly-Tree
Click 'Edit-Element' icon in Edit menu

Click 'Edit-Element' icon in Edit menu

2.Click Edit toolbar > Edit Element

The element's dialog-box opens.

Special Cases:

tog_minus        To edit a dimension in the Part-Editor

CANNOT EDIT [Add Dimension is active]

CANNOT EDIT
[Add Dimension is active]

Need to Know 1:

You CANNOT edit a dimension when Add Dimension [or any other command] is active.

See image to the left - Add Dimension is active, thus you CANNOT edit the dimension.

Need to know 2:

To select the dimension, we recommend you move your pointer over the arrowhead, then click, or double-click. This is because it easier than the dimension-line or an extension-lines.

Need to know 3:

If you try to click the dimension number - 73.82 in the image below - MechDesigner will not respond.

CAN EDIT

CAN EDIT

To edit a Dimension:

You must de-select any command that is active. Most typically, Add Dimension is active

1.Click Geometry toolbar > Add Dimension again, to de-select Add Dimension

Then edit the element in the normal way E.g.:

2.Double-Click the arrowhead of a dimension to open Edit Dimension dialog-box

tog_minus        To edit a Gear-Pair or 2D-Cam

Double-clickGear-Pair

When you click a Gear-Pair or 2D-Cam it is possible that you click a total of four elements:

the Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam)
a Polyline, and
a Profile and Extrusion element.

In this case, to edit the Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam), we recommend you use the Selection-Window - See Here

tog_minus        To edit a Profile, or Auto-Profile

EditElement-Profile

To edit a Profile, or Auto-Profile.

1.Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to spin the model, so that you can see the pink [default colour] Profile Element.
2.Double-click the pink Profile element

- or -

1.Click the pink Profile element one time.

The Profile and Extrusion elements are now in the Selection-Window.

2.Right-click the Extrusion element in the Selection-Window[not the Profile element]
3.Click 'Edit element...' in the contextual-menu.

tog_minus        Possible reasons you cannot edit an element

You cannot edit an element when:

A different dialog-box is open. Close all other dialog-boxes. [ALT+F4 if you cannot see the dialog]
You double-click two or more elements. You will open none or one dialog-boxes.
A command is active, in the Command-Manager. You must complete or cancel that command.
You click or double-click an element that is not possible to edit - for example, a Line when using the Part-Editor.
If you double-click a Profile in the Selection-Window you will not edit the Extrusion

 

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